Nicky Henderson’s Novice Chasers – ENTRIES FOR THE FESTIVAL 2016

Horse / Breeding / Owner Festival entries Rating Summary
L’AMI SERGE

6 b g King’s Theatre – La Zingarella (IRE) (Phardante (FR)

Owner: Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Arkle/

JLT

148 Among the best novice hurdlers last season, winning three from four including a facile 14l victory in the G1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown Park in January; no match for Douvan when fourth (btn 10l) in G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival; won first two chases easily this campaign at Plumpton (2m 1f) and Wetherby (just over 2m 3f) before being turned over at 1/5F in the G2 Kingmaker Novices’ Chase (2m) at Warwick on Feb 13; jumps left
VANITEUX

7 br g Voix Du Nord (FR) – Expoville (FR) (Video Rock (FR))

Owner: Richard & Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes

Arkle/

JLT

152 High-class hurdler, finishing third to Vautour in 2014 G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and second to The New One in last season’s G2 StanJames.com International Hurdle; two from three in 2m novices’ chases this season, most recently beating Arzal by 3.25l in the G2 Lightning Novices’ Chase at Doncaster on Jan 30; sole defeat this term came when going down by a neck to Ar Mad in G2 contest at Kempton Park on Dec 2 after winning at same course in November
VOLNAY DE THAIX

7 ch g Secret Singer (FR) – Mange De Thaix (FR) (Mont Basile (FR))

Owner: Judy Wilson

JLT Won five of his 12 starts over hurdles – three novices and two handicaps; fifth (btn 6l) to Aux Ptits Soins under top-weight in Coral Cup at The Festival and third (btn 14.5l) in G1 Aintree Hurdle last spring, though last in Stan James Champion Hurdle; good attitude when getting off the mark at first time of asking over fences in 2m 3f novices’ chase at Doncaster on Dec 11, beating Pine Creek by 2l; not run since finishing well-beaten fourth behind Seeyouatmidnight in the G2 Dipper Novices’ Chase (2m 5f) at Cheltenham on Jan 1
VYTA DU ROC

7 gr g Lion Noir – Dolce Vyta (FR) (Grand Tresor (FR))

Owner: Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

NH Chase/

RSA

145 G2-winning hurdler over 2m and 2m 4f last season; also runner-up to Thistlecrack (btn 13l) in G1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle over 3m at Aintree in April; stayed on strongly to repel The Saint James by half a length on chasing debut at Bangor (just short of 2m 2f) in December; runner-up (btn 1.5l) to Bouvreuil in a 2m 3f novices’ chase at Doncaster on Jan 8; stepped up successfully to three miles at Ascot on February 20, winning by a half-length from Minella Rocco

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